A Seed Growing In Us

Trudy Maassen Vander Haar

READ : Mark 4:26-34

We have spent many happy days in the shade of the Sequoia trees in California. A person just has to be awed by their majestic soaring upward, by their great age and by the ridiculously tiny seed cones from which these beautiful giants have sprung.

Jesus likened the Kingdom of God to the tiniest seed growing into a huge plant whose large branches provide shade. He said, “the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21, niv).

Sometimes we feel that as individuals we have little power. However, if the Kingdom of God is like a tiny mustard seed and if the Kingdom is within us, we had better not belittle what we have to offer. We are much more powerful people for good than we choose to believe. If we are faithful to the things God wants us to do, we will have an impact on people around us by the lives we live, the words we speak or write, reflecting God’s love. In Paul’s letter to the Romans he thanks God that the whole world is hearing about their faith (Rom. 1:8).

We often feel that we are growing too slowly, but Christians are growing. Constant growth is a marvelous thing. The Sequoias took generations. While we acknowledge that we are still growing, it is important to feel our worth right now. The tree doesn’t have to reach a certain height to be beautiful.


Lord, cultivate the soil of our lives in order that Your Kingdom may grow in and through us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.